CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A Cuyahoga County jury recommended the execution of Christopher Whitaker for the kidnap, rape and murder of 14-year-old Alianna DeFreeze. Jurors took about six hours to deliberate and reach their recommendation that Whitaker pay the state's ultimate penalty for his crimes against the middle-schooler last January. She will decide at a later date whether to impose the death penalty or sentence Whitaker to life in prison.
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Christopher Whitaker took the stand Thursday and apologized for kidnapping, raping, torturing and killing 14-year-old Alianna DeFreeze last January. "I can't imagine the pain the family feels, but I know the pain I feel when I have to look at what I've done," Whitaker said, reading from a pre-written statement. "If I could go back to that day in January (2017) I'd change everything, but I can't, so I have to live each day with the shame, hurt and guilt."
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The fate of the man who killed 14-year-old Alianna DeFreeze last year now rests in the hands of 12 jurors who will decide whether he should be executed. Deliberations began Thursday afternoon in the penalty phase of Christopher Whitaker's trial. He was convicted of aggravated murder, kidnapping, rape, aggravated burglary and abuse of a corpse charges in the girl's January 2017 slaying.
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Selecting a term
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